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At my old corporate job, we used IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads for laptops, and i liked them well enough that i ended up acquiring a used one a while back for use at home. It started out as being a poker/internet machine since most online poker sites are not Mac friendly.

At some point, the battery i had for it completely died. Not a big deal since i didn't really use the laptop on the go ever. But now, Mark and I along with one of our mutual friends are starting up a new band here in New Orleans that will be a combination of electronic and live instruments. I was going to use my old 2003 desktop Mac as the foundation for my set up since i already have an old version of Live and Reason set up on that, but a) the computer is heavy because of all of the extra hard drives in it so it's not great for taking to gigs, b) i still use it for other purposes that i don't use my newer 2009 Mac for and i don't want to have to reshuffle.

(yes, i own three computers and i use all of them.)

So i decided to turn my ThinkPad into my portable music machine since i don't have the money to spend on a new laptop. I may decide to get one in the future especially if this goes well enough, but for now, the setup isn't ideal, but it's fine. That being the case, i decided to research getting a new laptop battery for it just so i don't have to shut it off and on between setup.

The problem i discovered is that battery replacements for this laptop range from 4400mAh style that are anywhere from $45-$100, and 6600mAh batteries that are anywhere between $90-$150. That seems fairly reasonable for a laptop battery from what i understand, but then i poked around and discovered that the laptop *itself* that i own i could get refurbished from a site like overstock for under $300.

So does it make sense for me to buy a battery for a laptop that's 1/2 or even 1/4th of the value of the whole machine, particularly one that i've been using for a few years and am unsure of how much longer it's going to last or how well it will continue to perform as a live-gig music making machine?

but if i don't, then what's my other options?

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Sep. 11th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
it just feels weird to me to pay $100 for a battery for a machine that is only worth $250.

getting an offbrand may suck sort of, but honestly, 19th months is fine; i imagine that at that point i may get a replacement lappy in any case, and if i decide to get a lappy that's not a ThinkPad T40 series, i can't use the battery for anything other than a paperweight, so i feel like the $40 one is probably a better spend of my money, but i still resist even *that* versus, say, buying a new laptop.

except that buying a new laptop, even a cheap one, is pretty dumb.
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Sep. 11th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
there aren't any local battery shops here other than a sketchy looking one that doesn't have what i need, so online vendor. i did a google search and found this site:


which offers all T40 batteries at the same price.

The other thing i can't figure out is if the different "part numbers" (but identical battery) matter for my lappy. i can't find a part number on my dead battery anywhere.
Sep. 11th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
If you get a refurb IBM, the money going towards that is going to be a chunk of what could go to a new laptop.
Sep. 11th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
true, but the thing is, i don't find value in spending a lot of money on laptops. i don't need my laptop to be new and shiny and souped up. Given the choice of spending $1500 on a lappy versus $2000 on a desktop, i'll wait and get the desktop. All i ever need the lappy to be is good enough, which means that the upper spending limit i ever want to spend on a lappy for any reason is maybe, oh, $700-800.
Sep. 12th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Righto, but with that logic, $250~$300 easily accounts for nearly half of a new laptop that works for you. Even buying a battery at $100 amounts to around 15% of the final cost of a new laptop.

I understand you don't have the money for a new laptop, but it's something to definitely field, especially if you're willing to wait a wee bit for saving purposes. Of course, the now solution would definitely be buying the battery. :)
Sep. 12th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
FWIW, I can send you emp discount info (Friends and family program) for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads. Let me know if you're interested. Not super great deals, but they do have the occasional sweet sale.
Sep. 12th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
i'll bear it in mind. i don't suppose you're still selling new brands of the T60 line?
Sep. 20th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
I think i have a a couple old batteries for a T4x, ones that will hold ~1 hr charge. If you still need one i'd be glad to send them to you, just let me know where.
Sep. 20th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
thanks, but don't worry about it. i'm figuring some other stuff out. :)
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